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How Writing Makes You a Better Person

 

 

It’s easy for me to say that writing can make you a better person. I’m a writer. But I’m also convinced that the deliberate act of writing is a worthwhile endeavor for any person, no matter who or where—and certainly no matter why.

Writing is mental and physical exercise, and it requires something specific of the practitioner, namely, that he or she is willing to try and express something meaningful. As a professor, I persistently encourage my students to look at writing in this way—as exercise —and I ask them to write almost as regularly as they practice skills  more specific to their professional pursuits.

The problem? I wasn’t practicing what I preached, so, I began holding myself accountable for 3 writing sessions per week. I soon realized that I came out of the action